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Hunting belt buckle
  • Hunting belt buckle
    Oeri, Hans Peter, born 1637 - died 1692
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Hunting belt buckle

  • Place of origin:

    Zürich (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1665 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oeri, Hans Peter, born 1637 - died 1692 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt copper alloy, cast in relief

  • Museum number:

    4040-1856

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA11

This gilded buckle, cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. It was probably made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri. Unlike English goldsmiths, European workshops specialised in a variety of metals. Oeri, in German-speaking Zurich, followed the great metalworking traditions of nearby Augsburg and Nuremberg.

Physical description

Gilt copper-alloy buckle for use on a huntsman's shoulder belt, cast in relief with masks and animals hunting.

Place of Origin

Zürich (made)

Date

ca. 1665 (made)

Artist/maker

Oeri, Hans Peter, born 1637 - died 1692 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt copper alloy, cast in relief

Dimensions

Height: 6.6 cm, Width: 8.4 cm, Weight: 60 g, Depth: 1.1 cm

Object history note

This gilded buckle, cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. It was probably made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri.

Historical context note

Unlike English goldsmiths, European workshops specialised in a variety of metals. Oeri, in German-speaking Zurich, followed the great metalworking traditions of nearby Augsburg and Nuremberg.

Descriptive line

Gilt metal buckle decorated in relief with masks and animals hunting, Swiss, around 1665, probably by Hans Peter Oeri (1637-92)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barocker Luxus: Das Werk des Züricher Goldschmeids Hans Peter Oeri 1637-92, Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Schweirisches Landesmuseum, Zürich, 16 March - 12 June 1989, Cat. 20, p. 135
Lösel, Eva Maria, Züricher Goldschmeide Kunst, Buchverlag Berichthaus, Zürich, 1983, W.32, p. 487 (see pp. 480-480 for details on Oeri and comparisons with related material)

Labels and date

The Belinda Gentle Metalware Gallery (Room 116), November 2004

BUCKLE
Brass, cast and gilded
Zurich, Switzerland; about 1680
Probably made in the workshop of Hans Peter Oeri (1637–92)

This gilded buckle, cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. It was probably made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri. Unlike English goldsmiths, European workshops specialised in a variety of metals. Oeri, in German-speaking Zurich, followed the great metalworking traditions of nearby Augsburg and Nuremberg.

Museum no. 4040–1856 []

Materials

Copper alloy; Gilt

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Masks; Animals

Categories

Metalwork; Accessories; Arms & Armour; Tools & Equipment; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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